AN EMOTIONAL AWARD-WINNING CELEBRATION OF LIVING
THE SHADOW BOX
Dino Dimitriadis, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer at the Old Fitz Theatre from November 15.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, this compelling dramatic triptych follows three terminal cancer patients who dwell in separate cottages on the grounds of a hospital. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter’s dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian’s new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe’s impending death and its effect on their teenage son.
Kim Hardwick (House on the Lake, Unholy Ghosts) directs an accomplished cast including Jackson Blair-West (QUT Fine Arts: Acting), Jeanette Cronin (Queen Bette, Dark Voyager), Anthony Gooley (Inner Voices, All My Sons), Mark Lee (A Place to Call Home, A Conversation), Tim McGarry (My Name is Asher Lev, The Peasant Prince), Fiona Press (Antigone, Is This Thing On?), Ella Prince (Hedda Gabler, Yerma), Kate Raison (The Good Doctor, A Country Practice) and Simon Thomson (That Eye, The Sky, The History Boys).
“Anthony Gooley brought this play to Kim Hardwick and I. He’s been trying to get it up for close to four years now,” said producer Dino Dimitriadis. “It’s a beautiful piece and I instantly knew that it needed to be produced. It is an elemental story that charts the triumph of the spirit as the body deteriorates. It transcends time and place to boldly ask us the questions we spend a lifetime avoiding. It urges us to be brave, naked and loving because ultimately life is ephemeral. Although it’s an emotional play, it’s quite funny too but most importantly the play is a celebration of living.”
“An important, touching and courageous play… Triumphantly turns up… Cristofer writes with the compassion of the undamned. An extraordinarily good play” – New York Times
“Extraordinary. An overwhelming emotional experience. Truly startling and in its uncompromising way, very funny.” – The Boston Globe
THE SHADOW BOX by Michael Cristofer
Presented by Dino Dimitriadis in association with Red Line Productions
Directed by Kim Hardwick
Set and Costume Design by Isabel Hudson
Lighting Design by Martin Kinnane
Sound Design by Julian Starr
Dialect Coaching by Paige Walker
With Jackson Blair-West, Jeanette Cronin, Anthony Gooley, Mark Lee, Tim McGarry, Fiona Press, Ella Prince, Kate Raison and Simon Thomson
Venue: Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Cnr Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo
Season: 15 November – 10 December
Times: Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sunday 5pm
Price: $38 Adult, $33 Concession, $28 Previews and Cheap Tuesday